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tv   [untitled]    November 8, 2012 2:30pm-3:00pm PST

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>> remind to turn off any mobile devices that may sound off during the proceedings. commissioners, we are under your regular calendar, number 12, visitacion valley schlage lock plan update, informational hearing. >> thank you, good afternoon, commissioners. claudia [speaker not understood], department staff. we are here to give an update and i am joined by office staff senior management on the project. if i could have the slides up, please. i'm going to go through a little bit of background, just for the benefit of new commissioners and the public, a little bit of history on the site.
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so, this used to be a factory in visitacion valley. for many years, in 1989, the company schlage lock decided to close it, proposed a home depot store on the site. the community, residents and business owners were opposed to this. so, after that opposition, the planning department got involved in partner with the community and the nonprovist urban oncology to create a new vision for the site. this resulted in a concept plan in 2002 with the goals that are outlined right there on your -- on the slide, which you have a copy of. and, so, generally the concept plan called for redevelopment of the site and revitalization and providing community services and neighborhood serving retail, especially grocery store, providing
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housing of different affordable and market rate, providing open spaces as well as community spaces and helping revitalize land as well as site clean up. therefore, from 2009 when the concept plan was published to 2011, the redevelopment agency got involved to establish the site as a redevelopment area. a advisory committee, cac was established and the universal parent corporation or upc became the primary development partner. so, throughout this period both the redevelopment agency as well as us, planning department, worked closely with the cac and the community to really refine the site's land use framework as well as come up with community benefits. so, out of this work with the community and the cac, we came up with the following goals and objectives which guided the development of the subsequent redevelopment plan.
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this included encouraging a miss of uses, environmental sustainability, very pedestrian-oriented neighborhood, which was connected with the greater visitacion valley neighborhood, including bayshore, looking at alternative transportation and open space, new housing, a gay way community, encouraging again investment and revial alliesing leland avenue. these are the goals that are in the plan and they direct the revitalization of the site. they -- the provision of community benefits and guide the development of the site. so, this work -- these goals led to developing the master plan for the site and just -- they also included -- the program also included the project commitments to infrastructure and various other public benefits. the major components, just to
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highlight them briefly, are basically to have good circulation, street grid compatible with the rest of the already established visitacion valley neighborhood, providing new open space for the neighborhood, having retail and continuing leland avenue up to the project site, having a full service grocery store, and having mixed uses, mixed income housing throughout the development. and sort of at the north end of the site, there is an old office building which is envisioned as a community space, having some form of community use. since adoption of the plan in 2009, the viz valley cac met to discuss the implementation. and provide comments to the upc, the developer, offer implement for the plans of the site. all of the master plan
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commitments were primarily memorialized in two documents. again, which were adopted in 2009. the redevelopment agency -- redevelopment plan and the planning department's design for development which is primarily the land use, you know, all the density, open space, development control. all of these commitments have costs associated with them and revisions to all of the commitments that were part of the original plans could jump start more rapid development of the site. why do we need to revise these? as you might recall, we had lost the redevelopment agency and with this we lost the redevelopment funding that was expected to, to fulfill those commitments. so, we are looking primarily to tax increment financing. we are looking at, with the help of office economic and work force development, we are looking at alternative financials that will help makeup the gap and this will be the topic of future discussions here at the planning
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commission, but also we want to talk about this with the community. so, we're looking at i think for new market tax credits, bonds, state glands, rfds, rewd, just started to explore the different tools available. however, that still doesn't close the gap fully. that tiff program was to recover. it requires a revirginiavtion indication of the master plan. just to give you a sense of the magnitude, at the time of the adoption of the 2009 plan, this is how much tax increment financing revenue we thought would be available at the time, approximately 70 million. about 32% of that or 34.8 million was for nonhousing projects. and, so, when we look at the loss of tax increment financing, we need to make very thoughtful adjustments to
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ensure that the whole project is viable, but also i will talk a little bit more about kind of a safe one to really jump start this, the redevelopment of the site. , and so, we have an opportunity to facilitate near-term change on the site with a phase 1 and some revisions. this can help us move towards achieving the long-term goals of the plan. so, how do we hope to address this? the city -- as a city, we have outlined the following sort of scope for the 2012 revisit of the plan. planning department will be the lead in outreach engagement coordination for reviewing and revising the plan. obviously we'll be looking at land use circulation, open space and other public benefits. office of economic work force development will be the lead on transferring the sfra, 9 redevelopment agency requirements and jurisdiction
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over to kind of the appropriate places to make sure we can still -- we still have a commitment. they also are going to be looking at the financial commitments and what tools can be used to address the different commitment. and they'll be helping with development disability. oewd has started to look at these things and begun their work. we the planning department also started to -- we kicked off our first community meeting in visitacion valley back in october. we also have to sort of help the city. we have a technical advisory body which we will be working with very closely. these are primarily prior citizen advisory committee members, but also other active community participants. we are calling on them because they work with the redevelopment agency very closely so we think that their familiarity and their expertise will help facilitate the transition to make sure we stay
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as close to the original plan as possible. so, that will be their role. just to summarize the community workshops, again, we still plan to meet with them, so, we will give you a more detailed summary of what we heard, but so far of the priorities -- of all the commitments that we had come up with, the top five priorities that we heard were important for the community to retain. we're making sure there is a grocery store, open space and parks making sure we retain open space and parks. and ideally, the same amount of open space. so, even if [speaker not understood], we have the same total amount of open space. circulation improvements are important, especially dealing with traffic issues on bayshore, but making sure there's growth circulation within the site. having more retail,
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particularly along leland, and affordable housing that sort of fits priority. but we heard a lot of economic development programs and retaining the old office building as a community center was very important. and other key feedback was -- we heard kind of a strong call for senior housing. they have kind of a large -- it's a particular portion of the population, senior housing. the community was generally okay with some higher heights. there were other benefits. there were appropriate setbacks, appropriate design, open space, building separation. we heard about public safety and the crime rate. it's a big concern, and that public transportation improvements are a priority. we have two more meetings with the community. so, over the next meetings we confirm with them these are the right priorities that we heard them right and that we didn't miss anything. so, we will provide you next time we come to you with a more ta